New Minglewood Blues
The Music Never Stopped
Ship Of Fools
Samson And Delilah
Terrapin Station ->
The Other One ->
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Around And Around
All sources were snh files downloaded from LMA and converted to
WAV > Vegas 5 (matrix) > WAV > CD Wave > FLAC Frontend > FLAC 16 (level 8)
Matrixed by Chris Chappell
Given the two sources available on the Llama, I decided to put the
effort into editing a matrix of all this incredible night in Eugene.
The FOB AUD is a decent recording for '78 and the SBD is balanced with
everyone in the mix. The two together work well as the energy in "The Pit"
is palpable in this matrix. Unfortunately, no SBD circulates for the 4
songs that comprise disc 2, but the rest is epic, especially the Jerry
mutron solo where he references the Close Encounters theme, shortly after
the movie came out.
Both sources were pitched differently, the SBD being the sharpest,
and the AUD being the flatest. I used the SBD as my master timeline
and pitch referenced the AUD to it. The AUD on average had to be pitched
up about .06 (6 cents) to achieve pitch correction - 1.00 being
100 cents which is a semitone. I did not reference A=440 as I did not
desire to pitch adjust the SBD. It is very close though to A=440.
Because of the speed fluctuation within a given source, multiple edits
were performed to keep the sources synched. Because the SBD was my
master pitch and time ref, the AUD was synched to the SBD (too many
edits to list).
- Sonic Quality/Matrix ratio
The only dynamic processing I employed was a little EQ to the SBD source.
One difference was that I noticed NR had been applied to disc 1 but not to
disc 3. For Disc 1 I added about 1dB at 2.5kHz to get back some of which
was lost from the previous NR. Both Disc 1 and 3 had a small shelf
(less than 1dB) starting at about 170 Hz.
All I was trying to do here is to add some dimension to the SBD by using
the ambience of the AUD. The result is a lively but clear recording,
hopefully close to how it sounded at the show. If I had to guess the SBD/AUD
ratio would be somewhere between 3:1 and 4:1.
The following are places where the SBD and AUD had splices, holes or
incomplete coverage in reference to the final matrix timeline.
Note that alot of the missing elements from the SBD source are just
crowd segments except for a few minor dropouts, as well as very stealth
splicing in two spots on disc 3, the most noticeable being 31 seconds
at the end of St. Stephen. I decided to leave the splices (from another
show in the same time period (probably 1-11-78) because I was able to
match them up with the AUD source without too much problem since it was
during a verse, thus maintaining a SBD source in the mix during these points.
This might seem objectionable to some, but since we are used to these
splices, I felt that the difference in content is negligable, and it was
better to have a SBD source in these parts than just the AUD.
Other than that, all of the music is intact.
Thanks to Popi for seeding the SBD. Thanks to John D'Auria for the
transfer to DAT and SHN of the AUD. Thanks to Jonathan Aizen for
uploading both sources to the Llama.
March 29, 2017 Subject:
Excellent matrix of a hot show
Yeah, the track order is messed up and mislabelled. This show smokes. A 5 star performance and a 5 star matrix. If you do not give this a listen you are a fool.
September 29, 2016 Subject:
The 45 minutes or so from the end of Drums to the end of NFA are probably my favorite 45 continuous minute of Grateful Dead music ever. The Other One, while not as lengthy as the early '70s versions, is simply otherworldy. The jam in St. Stephen is the peak of joyful Jerry energy. The NFAs from this era were generally great, and this one gets out there further than most.
Even the A&A, after a bit of a rough start, smokes pretty thoroughly.
The rest of the show is very good, but it's this last segment that puts it among the greatest Dead shows ever.
Note: The tracks in this version are out of order and mislabeled. Don't let that discourage you.
Five stars to get the average rating up for a historical show re Close Encounters. Nice effort on the matrix.
June 21, 2010 Subject:
This is a very nice recording. Not sure I'd normally give it 5 stars but I need to offset the one star review based on the track mis-ordering. Sheesh, rating the quality of the track order instead of the show/recording is not the intent of the ratings.
November 20, 2008 Subject:
ummm... the tracks are all effed up
recording sounds nice, but still... this need to be fixed